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Grant of arms to various families from 33 Elizabeth to 8 Car I inclusive chiefly by Sir William Dethick Garter King of Arms
17th century

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Title: Grant of arms to various families from 33 Elizabeth to 8 Car I inclusive chiefly by Sir William Dethick Garter King of Arms
Date: 17th century
Repository: The Queen's College Oxford, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening: MS 137, fols. 54 & 222

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Grant of arms to various families from 33 Elizabeth to 8 Car I inclusive chiefly by Sir William Dethick Garter King of Arms
Item Date
17th century
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The Queen's College Oxford, Oxford, UK
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MS 137, fol. 54r

MS 137 folio 54 verso

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Title: Grant of arms to various families from 33 Elizabeth to 8 Car I inclusive chiefly by Sir William Dethick Garter King of Arms
Date: 17th century
Repository: The Queen's College Oxford, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening: MS 137, fols. 54 & 222

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Grant of arms to various families from 33 Elizabeth to 8 Car I inclusive chiefly by Sir William Dethick Garter King of Arms
Item Date
17th century
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The Queen's College Oxford, Oxford, UK
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MS 137, fol. 54v

MS 137 folio 222 recto

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Title: Grant of arms to various families from 33 Elizabeth to 8 Car I inclusive chiefly by Sir William Dethick Garter King of Arms
Date: 17th century
Repository: The Queen's College Oxford, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening: MS 137, fols. 54 & 222

Item Title
Grant of arms to various families from 33 Elizabeth to 8 Car I inclusive chiefly by Sir William Dethick Garter King of Arms
Item Date
17th century
Repository
The Queen's College Oxford, Oxford, UK
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MS 137 fol. 222r

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Reproduced by kind permission of the the Provost and Fellows of The Queen's College Oxford.

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The Queens College Oxford has graciously contributed the above images from their collections to Shakespeare Documented, and retains sole ownership of said images. The Queens College Oxford welcomes the downloading of the images for personal research purposes but prior permission must be sought from library@queens.ox.ac.uk for use of the images in any form of publication, print or electronic. A fee may be payable for such use.

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Title: Grant of arms to various families from 33 Elizabeth to 8 Car I inclusive chiefly by Sir William Dethick Garter King of Arms
Date: 17th century
Repository: The Queen's College Oxford, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening: MS 137, fols. 54 & 222

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John Shakespeare  Anno 38 Elizabeth

[coat of arms]

To all & singular Noble & Gentlemen of what estate or degree, bearing Arms to whom these present shall come. William Dethick, Garter principal King of Arms, sendeth greeting. Know ye that whereas by the Authority & Ancient privileges pertaining to my office from the Queen's most excellent Majesty & by her highness's most Noble & victorious progenitors, I am to take general notice & record & to make declaration & testimony for all causes of Arms & matters of gentlemen through all her Majesty's Kingdoms, Dominions, Principalities, Isles, & Provinces, To the end that as many gentlemen, by their ancient names of families, Kindreds, and descents have & enjoy certain Ensigns & Coats. So it is very expedient in all ages, that some men for their valiant facts, magnanimity, virtues, dignities, & deserts, may use & bear such tokens & worthiness, whereby their name & good fame may be the better known & divulged, & their Children & posterity in all virtue to the service of their Prince & Country encouraged. Wherefore being solicited, & by credible report informed that John Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon in the County of Warwickshire gentleman, whose Parents & late antecessors' Grandfather, for his faithful & Valiant Service was advanced & rewarded with lands & revenues given him by the most prudent Prince King Henry the Seventh of famous memory: Sithence which time they have continued in these parts being of good reputation & credit: In Consideration of the premisses, & that the said John hath married the daughter of, & of the heirs of Robert Arden of Willingcote in the said county, Esquire, & for the encouragement of his posterity, to whom such blazon of Arms & Achievements, by the ancient customs of the laws of Arms descend. I the said Garter, principal King of Arms have Assigned, granted & confirmed, this shield or Coat of Arms: viz, Gold, on Bend Sables, a spear of the first steeled, Argent, & for his crest or Cognizance A Falcon, his wings displayed, Argent standing on a wreath of his Colors supporting a spear gold, steeled as aforesaid, set upon a helmet with mantels & tassels, as hath been accustomed, & doth more plainly appear depicted in this margent: Signifying hereby & by the Authority of my office aforesaid, ratifying that it shall be lawful for the said John Shakespeare, & for his Children, Issue & posterity, at all times & places convenient, to bear & make demonstration of the said blazon or Achievement upon their Shields, targets, Escucheons, Coats of Arms or Cognizances, Pennons, Guidons, Seals, Rings, Edifices, Buildings, Utensils, Liveries, Tombs, Monuments, or otherwise for all lawful war-like facts, or civil use or Exercises, according to the laws of Arms & customs, that to gentlemen belongeth, without let or interruption, of any other person or persons, for use or bearing the same: In witness & perpetual remembrance hereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name & fastened, the Seal of my office, endorsed with the signet of my Arms, At the office of Arms, London, the xx day of October the xxxviijth of the reign of our sovereign Lady Elizabeth by the Grace of God Queen of England France & Ireland, defender of the Faith: etc: 1596.

Semi-diplomatic transcription

Iohn: Shakespeare:  Anno: 38: Eliz:

[coat of arms]

To all & singular Noble & genlmen of
what estate or degree, bearing Armes
to whom theis present shall come.
William Dethicke Garter
principall King of Armes sendeth
greeting: Know ye that wheras by
the Authority & Ancient priuiledges
pertaining to my office from the
Queenes most excellent Maiestie & by her
highnes most excellent Noble & vic=
torious proginitors, I am to take gene=
rall notice & record & to make de=
claration & testimonie for all causes of Armes &
Causes matters of gentlemen through all her Maiesties
Kingdomes, Dominions, Principallities, Isles, & Pro=
vinces, To the end that as many gentlemen, by
their auncient names of families Kindreds and
descents, haue & enioy certaine Ensignes & Cottes
Soe it is very expedient in all ages, that some men
for their valiant facts, magnanimity, virtues, digni=
ties & deserts, may vse & beare such tokens &
worthines, wherby their name & good fame may
be the better knowne & divulged, & their Children
& posterity in all vertue to the seruice of their
Prince & Country encouraged. Wherfore being so=
licited, & by credible report informed that Iohn
Shakespeare of Stratford vpon Avon in the
Countie of Warwickshire gentleman, whose Parents & late
antecessors Grandfathers antecessors, for his faithfull &
Valiant Seruice was advanced & rewarded with
lands & revennewes giuen him by the most prudent
Prince

[folio 54 verso]
Prince King Henry the Seventh of famous
memory: Sithence which time they haue
continued in theis parts being of good repu=
tation & credit: In Consideration of the
premisses, & that the said Iohn, hath married
the daughter of, & of the heirws of Robert Arden
of Willingcote in the said county, Esquire, & for
the encouragement of his posterity, to whome
such blazon of Armes & Acheiuements, by the
ancient customes of the lawes of Armes descend.
I the said Garter, principall King of Armes haue
Assigned, granted & confirmed, this sheild or Cote
of Armes: viz, Gould, on Bend Sables, a speare
of the first steeled, Argent, & for his creast or Cog
nizance A Falcon, his wings displaied, Argent
standing on a wreath of his Coullors supporting a
speare gould, steeled as aforesaid, sett vpon a
helmet with mantells & tassells, as hath bin accus=
tomed, & doth more plainly appeare depicted in this
margent: Signifiing hereby & by the Authority of
my office aforesaid, ratefiing that it shall be law=
full for the said Iohn: Shackespeare, & for his
Children, Issue & posterity, at all times & places
convenient, to beare & make demonstration of the
said blazon or Atcheiuement vpon their Shildes,
targets, Escucheons, Cotes of Armes or Cognizances
Pennons Emidons, Seales, Rings, Edefices, Buildings
Vtensiles, Liueryes, Tombes, Monuments, or other=
wise for all lawfull warlike facts, or ciuill vse or
Excercises, according to the lawes of Armes & custo=
mes, that to gentlemen belongeth, without let or
interruption, of any other person or persons, for vse or
beareing the same: In witnes & perpetuall remem=
brance hereof, I haue herevnto subscribed and
my name & fastened, the Seale of my office, endorsed
with the signet of my Armes, At the office of Armes, Lon=
don the xx day of October the xxxviijth day of the raigne of
our soueraigne Lady Elizabeth by the Grace of God
Queene of England ffrance & Ireland defender of the
ffaith: &c: 1596.

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